When someone asks me for an example of a multi-platform, sustainable farm I always reference Fickle Creek Farm. Ben Bergmann and Noah Ranells have built something that most people struggle to attain, a pasture-based, rotational system that incorporates sustainable farming (both with livestock and produce) with agroforestry and permaculture practices while virtually eliminating the need for conventional inputs. I visited Fickle Creek recently and was very impressed with what I saw. Here are some photos:
Ben Bergmann explains the basics behind one of Fickle Creek's chicken tractors
Fickle Creek uses Great Pyrenees dogs to guard their chicken flocks
The dogs are raised with the chickens from puppyhood - they even seem to think they're chickens!
A flock of sheep with Fickle Creek's barn in the background
A few of Fickle Creek's hogs - they are fed whey from my workplace, Hillsborough Cheese Company, in addition to hog feed
I'm Matt. I love food. I love to grow it, cook it, eat it, learn about it, write about it, and talk about it. I believe that there are few things more important in life than what we put into our bodies. I believe food should be healthy for body, mind, and planet.
Once, while I was living in Ecuador, I ate some roast guinea pig from a street vendor. It was one of the best experiences and worst stomach aches of my life.